Linfield condemn aggressive and provocative behaviour

21/3/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST.
21/3/12 PACEMAKER BELFAST.
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Linfield Football Club have said only a small number of fans were involved in trouble at the Brandywell last night and have pointed the finger at “the aggressive and provocative behaviour of two Derry City stewards and a number of local residents.”

In a statement released this afternoon, the Belfast club say they will “carry out a full debrief on all events surrounding the game and, where necessary, take appropriate action.”

Setanta Cup, second leg, Brandywell, 20-3-12 A torn up match ticket at Brandywell following a night of trouble at Brandywell Derry - Riot police moved in to the car park at Brandywell as Linfield supporters caused trouble on their way to buses on Tuesday night after being beaten by Derry City. Picture Margaret McLaughlin

Setanta Cup, second leg, Brandywell, 20-3-12 A torn up match ticket at Brandywell following a night of trouble at Brandywell Derry - Riot police moved in to the car park at Brandywell as Linfield supporters caused trouble on their way to buses on Tuesday night after being beaten by Derry City. Picture Margaret McLaughlin

The statement reads: “Linfield Football Club condemn without reservation the alleged stone throwing from whatever quarter that occurred before and after the Setanta Sports Cup match at the Brandywell. A sizeable security operation had been put in place to ensure that this match would take place in the best interests of sport.

“Contrary to how it has been portrayed by certain sections of the media, to which Linfield FC take great exception, the vast majority of Linfield supporters entered and exited the allocated seating areas in the stadium in an exemplary manner under the control of Linfield FC stewards and a private security firm engaged by this club.

“It is regrettable that a small element of the Linfield support reacted to the aggressive and provocative behaviour of two Derry City stewards and a number of local residents but the Club are sure that the vast majority of our impeccably behaved supporters who attend the game would join us in utterly condemning those Linfield supporters who were involved in any unseemly behaviour.

“Linfield Football Club will carry out a full debrief on all events surrounding the game and where necessary take appropriate action and until such time as this investigation has been concluded the club will be making no further comment.”